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The Golden Verses Of The Stoic

Seneca and Epictetus refer to the Golden Verses of Pythagoras , which happens to provide a good framework for developing a daily routine, bookended by morning and evening contemplative practices. Zeno of Citium , who founded Stoicism in 301 BC, expressed his doctrines in notoriously terse arguments and concise maxims.  However, Chrysippus, the third head of the Stoic school, wrote over 700 books fleshing these ideas out and adding complex arguments to support them. 

Science and Belief

 All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.

~ Albert Einstein
This has always been a puzzle to me. The demand for separation between the spiritual grasp of the infinite and the physical exploration through the tools of science.

At the present time, we literally know 0% of the universe and understand far less. Yet we will jump like a frog from a skillet and into war when these two appear to conflict, which -- if our understanding of the infinite is near enough to the mark to be useful at all --- is an impossibility of such magnitude, we're not even close enough in our error to be wrong.

Those who do not feel that religion and science are compatible and in fact required by each other to exist, simply don't understand either well enough to argue the point.